Yinka Odumakin: Profile Of An Activist

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    The death of the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere,Yinka Odumakin on Saturday morning came as a rude shock to the nation.

    Although, he was alleged to have died from complications arising from COVID-19, a source disputed this, telling Westernpost that he died from an illness not related to the pandemic.

    Odumakin hailed from Modakeke area of Osun State. He read Philosophy from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

    He worked briefly with the Punch Newspapers as Entertainment Reporter.

    His foray into activism began when he joined Afenifere, the Yoruba Social Cultural Group as Admin Secretary.  When the group’s then National Publicity Secretary, Chief Dayo Adeyeye left, Odumakin took over the position, which he held till his death on Saturday.

    He was also the pioneer spokesman of Afenifere Renewal Group. He left the group not long after due to disagreement and returned to his position in the mainstream Afenifere.

    Odumakin was a member of the National Conference of 2014, where he represented Afenifere.

    He also at various times served as spokesman to Jimi Agbaje, when he contested for the governorship of Lagos State on the platform of the Progressives Peoples’ Alliance (PPA) in 2003 as well as Pastor Tunde Bakare, when he contested as the running mate to Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 presidential election.

    Odumakin was also the spokesman for the Safe Nigeria Movement.

    His wife, Dr. Joe Okei Odumakin is also an activist. The two met in detention during the turbulent period of the Sani Abacha regime. The couple served in the National Confab together, where they represented different groups.

     

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